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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Meet Destinee!

Meet Destinee!

My name is Destinee Bullard, and I will be assisting Maria with answering some questions on this blog. I graduated in the spring of 2015 from SPC with my Associate in the Arts degree. I now am a third year student at the University of Florida studying Public Relations.

I would like to tell you all a little bit about me. I graduated from Gibbs High School where I attended the Pinellas County Center for the Arts as a theatre major. I love the arts. Acting and singing will always be two of my favorite hobbies. I also have an unconditional love for writing. I write poetry, essays, short stories and plays. I once wrote a play entitled The Courageous 12, which ended up being performed by professional actors at American Stage Theater Company in St. Petersburg. Along with acting, singing and writing, soccer has been a huge part of my life. I have played soccer since I was 6 years old. I started off playing defender and then I permanently became a goalkeeper. Family is the last thing on my list that I would like to tell you about. I love spending time with my family. My dad is actually an academic advisor at SPC on the Seminole Campus! My mom is a registered nurse at All Children’s Hospital, and I have a little brother who is a basketball and football player in high school.

SPC was a pleasure the two years that I attended. I learned so much from not only my professors but the faculty, staff and the whole SPC family. There are an endless amount of resources and opportunities for students. The thing that I love the most about SPC would have to be the endless support and guidance students are given. I have been fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to partake in an internship in Marketing and Strategic Communications in SPC’s District Office. This will give me some much needed experience in my future career field.

I have been involved in many different things at SPC. During my second semester, I was hired as a peer advisor in which my duties including assist first-time-in-college students with planning their coursework, developing a My Learning Plan, registering for classes, and informing them on different majors and degree programs. After Peer Advising, I decided to join the Seminole Campus’ Social Media Team. Being on the team gave me my first experience in the career field that I would like to pursue. After that I received my current internship! I have also been heavily involved in the Student Government Association on both the Seminole and St. Pete/Gibbs campuses.

Since graduating, I have moved to Gainesville, FL where I am working towards my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Florida. So far UF has been amazing. I am applying so much that I have learned at SPC to my work here. Can’t wait to share more of my experiences with you all!

I look forward to answering some of your questions! Ask away!

Destinee

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 1 comment

Hello from Marilyn

Hello from Marilyn

Hello my fellow SPC students. My name is Marilyn and I’ll be assisting Maria with answering questions on this blog.

Currently I’m studying in the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration under the marketing sub-plan. Also I’m interning with SPC’s Marketing and Strategic Communications department. Not to mention I’m working full-time. WOW, can you say student life overload!

So as you can see my schedule is a balancing act and I’m pretty sure yours is too. My journey at SPC is no different from anyone else with trying to figure out what career path to take. I’ve changed my major several times and within the last year I’ve decided Business Marketing is the way to go. What really helped me to narrow down my major was by looking at my personal strengths as a student and seeing how I could apply them professionally and enjoy it. Also, networking with fellow students and faculty  about their career paths gave me helpful insight about different industries. One of the wonderful things about SPC is they offer a great support system to accommodate just about everyone’s needs to make sure you’re successful.

In my free time, I enjoy all things beauty-industry related, spending time with my family and catching up on my favorite TV shows. It was great talking with you and I look forward to connecting soon. If you have any questions, I would be happy to help you along your SPC journey.

Best of Luck,

Marilyn

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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in About Maria, Featured | 0 comments

Hello World!

Hello World!

My name is Maria and, just like you are now, I was a student at St. Petersburg College. I graduated from SPC with my Associate of Arts degree. I was in the dual-enrollment program, which allowed me to take college classes while still in high school. Now, I’m a transfer student at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., studying International Relations and Theology. It is thanks to SPC, all the faculty and staff, that I am able to reach my dreams.

When I attended SPC, it was my life! I can honestly say I spent more time on campus than in my own home. One of the reasons why I loved being on campus so much was because of the resources available to the students. From academic tutoring and counseling to mentoring programs and workshops, SPC can provide you with tools to succeed!

It is also a lot of fun. American writer and artist Elbert Hubbard once said, “A school should not be a preparation for life. A school should be life.” Even though schoolwork is the most important aspect, don’t think that college is all about work. There are amazing opportunities to enjoy student life in every campus.

This blog is meant to help all SPC students and others who are considering attending SPC. Going to college is a major step for anyone. You might be right out of high school. You might be coming back to college to continue your education. Or you might even be in high school and taking college classes. Knowing about the right places to study on campus, the proper classes to take and the best clubs to join can make all the difference. The goal is to have the best college experience. Truly, SPC is the best place to start. I dare you to join me as we embark together on this journey of higher education.

Due to the number of questions that have come in over the past several months and changes at SPC since I graduated, two current students, Marilyn and Destinee, will also be answering questions on this blog. Marilyn and Destinee will share their expertise and experience as current students answering questions regarding things such as the new learning management system (MyCourses), newer clubs and much more!

This blog is divided into three categories: student life, academics and need to know. I will tell you all about SPC from an insider’s perspective. I’m here to help you, give you advice and motivate you! So please, ask me your questions!

Thank you,
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Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Academics | 1 comment

Summer Classes

Summer Classes

 

I plan on taking a math class during the summer semester. Do you recommend someone doing this if they struggle with math? I heard that summer classes work at a faster pace.

Dear Kristen,

You are correct. Summer classes do work at a faster pace. The material is condensed due to the time constraint, and the professor will go through it pretty quickly. That being said, I do not think as students we should restrain ourselves from taking a class based on a fear. I know what it’s like to feel like you will not be able to handle something before it even begins, so my advice is always to see how it goes. You never know, you might even like the faster-paced classes.

If you struggle with math, then the Learning Centers should become your new favorite place in the world. When I started taking the easier level math classes, I also struggled with math. Honestly, the entry-level classes are more difficult since you are looking at the concepts for the first time so I was a regular at the centers and really benefited from the tutoring. There you can ask for tutoring help so that you can review the lessons you covered during class or simply find a quiet place to study.

Good luck!

Maria

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Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Need to Know | 0 comments

All thanks to SPC!

All thanks to SPC!

 

If you could have gone to any college on a full scholarship, would you still have gone to St. Petersburg? What other colleges did you apply to?

Dear Cokie,

I attended SPC not on a scholarship but as part of a high school program. I was a dual-enrolled student taking college classes while still in high school. What I can tell you is that it is thanks to SPC that it was possible for me to attain my scholarship. Part of what they looked for with the scholarship I received, the Gates Millennium Scholars program, was academic rigor as well as school and community involvement. While at SPC I was not only challenged academically and always aimed to do my best. I was also provided with the opportunities to volunteer and participate in extracurricular activities that fortified my resume when applying to scholarships or submitting transfer applications to other universities.

I applied to various universities, mostly to state universities in Florida but also to private out-of-state colleges. I mainly applied to the ones that had good programs in my field of study, such as The Catholic University of America where currently I am a student.

Maria

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